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CX251 - The Hellenistic World 323 - 31BC

  • Module code: CX251
  • Module name: The Hellenistic World 323 - 31BC
  • Department: Classics and Ancient History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The dramatic reign of Alexander the Great (336-323) transformed the Greek world, which had now expanded to stretch from Afghanistan to Egypt and Italy. The empire of Alexander rapidly fragmented into four major kingdoms, which competed at a religious and cultural level as well as in the more obvious military conflicts. This module investigates the development of these Successor States, paying attention to artistic, literary and intellectual developments as well as to the economic and political organisation of the different units, and the gradual encroachment of the barbarian Roman conquerors from the west. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in analysing and interpreting ancient evidence.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will gain an understanding of the difficult and diverse nature of the evidence from which the study of Hellenistic culture and history is constructed, and an appreciation of how the Hellenistic world helped shape the Roman world and beyond. The main themes are history, literature, art, religion and philosophy.

Timetabled teaching activities

There will be two 1 hour classes a week, plus two seminars a term.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/modules/hellenistic/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: CX251-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) Written essay (term 1) 25%
  Written essay OR Digital Story (term 2) 25%
  2-hour examination (Summer) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment visiting/exchange PART YEAR ONLY 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation (Q820) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe (Q821) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Philosophy (Q8V7) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (VV16) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe (VV18) - Year 2
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (Part-Time) (VV17) - Year 2
Optional
  • BA in Classics (Q800) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe (Q802) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation (Q82P) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 2